On this week’s episode of Ignition, Motor Trend‘s Carlos Lago tests the 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport. The most powerful version of the new Cadillac luxury sedan uses a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 that’s good for 420 hp, which is more than enough power to put a smile on Lago’s face.
First it’s off to the test track, where the 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport hits 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and blasts through the quarter-mile in 12.8 seconds at 112 mph. That impressive speed is possible not only because of the potent twin-turbo engine, but also thanks to the car’s eight-speed automatic transmission and lightweight construction. The 2014 Cadillac CTS uses high-strength steels, aluminum, and magnesium to keep its curb weight around 200 pounds lighter than the outgoing model. That pays dividends in braking, too, as the test results show the Vsport needed just 98 feet to stop from 70 mph.
Of course, there’s more to the 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport than straight-line speed. The car’s sticky Pirelli P-Zero tires, magnetically-adjusted suspension, and relatively light weight make the 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport more responsive than the equivalent BMW or Mercedes-Benz luxury sedans, Lago concludes. “It doesn’t scare you, it doesn’t surprise you,” he says. “It just offers grip and control and finesse.”
To see more of what Carlos Lago thinks about the 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport, check out the full video below.